I was wondering what to write about on this fine Saturday, when I figured I’d share how my mornings work with you all. They probably aren’t unlike your own mornings, but the specifics are bound to be vastly different.
First, I get up and brew coffee. I’m Hypoglycemic and so I shouldn’t do that, but I really enjoy the extra kick in the morning. I almost always limit myself to two cups although some mornings, three is necessary. Once that’s brewing I head to the old laptop and get started.
First, I check my stats out on http://www.bio-chart.com/. I won’t go into how I learned about this stuff, or why I believe it, but suffice it to say that the information is *always* eerily correct. It’s a very good indicator of how my day is going to go, and knowledge is power and all that. Some have horoscopes, I have science.
Then, I check my Gmail account, which is never empty when I get up. I make 100% of my income online and I’m very active on social sites, so my inbox gets dominated quite a bit. I kinda like it. I never know what’s going to be in there. It’s like winning a grab-bag at a party: Sometimes, it’s full of boring things that you cannot possibly use but other times, you get some really cool stuff.
After that, I head over to Craigslist to check what’s for sale. Right now, I’m looking at old Dodge trucks, bands seeking drummers, camp trailers, and BMX stuff. Always BMX stuff. I also keep my eyes open for local yard sales, because I’m a sucker for a good deal.
From there, I cruise over to the Jeep Cherokee club at http://www.naxja.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=31 and see what’s new there. Our chapter has been rather slow lately, but it usually picks up a bit in winter. Muddy trails and cool weather does something to off-road enthusiasts. At least it does to me.
From there I hit the chess. I first get my news at http://www.chessbase.com/index.asp and http://gameknot.com/ before moving over to the social chess sites at http://www.chessforums.org/ and http://www.chess.com/forum/new_posts.html. Anyone who knows me knows how addicted to chess I am. I love it. On almost every forum I’m on, chess or not, my handle is Skwerly. Keep an eye out for me!
Once I’m done there, I hit the BMX forum at http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/search.php?action=show_new, and then I head over to http://www.horrorexpress.com/forum/ for my daily dose of scary. It’s a cool little horror forum, but I wish it were more active. If it were smokebud.com instead, there would be hundreds of posts every hour. Sigh...
After that, I do my catching up on Facebook and Zombie Lane. The Facebook takes a little while because I network there as well as keep up with local friends and family. I really like it, but the site does take its toll on my morning.
Finally, I visit http://accentuatewriters.com/today.php to see what all my writer friends are up to, and to make a daily writing prompt. While I am a member of a few other writing forums, I very rarely even check in; I get tired of posts like “What are you listening to?” going hundreds of pages long, but actual writing inquiries remain largely ignored. That doesn’t happen at Accentuate, so I stay there. It’s my writing home-base.
I’m a member of *several* other forums, including more BMX ones, a few welding ones, a few writing contest ones, a drummer one, a few gun ones, MOPAR-related ones, etcetera. I usually stop into at least one of those each week to catch up on the happenings, but the ones listed are my main, daily sites.
Once I’m done with all that, I hit the writing, usually, either doing articles for AC, a blog entry, or penning some fiction. I love my life and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m totally free to do what I want, and yet I still make enough to pay my bills and have a little fun. Who could ask for more?